The Joseph R. Caldwell Award is presented to only a very few members of SGA whose contributions to Georgia archaeology are outstanding.

The award is named for Joseph Ralston Caldwell, whose archaeological fieldwork in Georgia across Southeastern North America began at the Works Progress Administration excavations near Savannah during the late Depression. He served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia from 1967 until his death in 1973.

The award is presented irregularly and recognizes outstanding contributions to Georgia archaeology by SGA members. Recipients are:

1990—George S. Lewis
1992—Frankie Snow
1993—Jim Langford
2000—David Chase
2004—Betsy Shirk
2007—Rita Elliott
2008—Thomas H. Gresham

Tammy Herron Receives 2018 Joseph R. Caldwell Award

At the 2018 Spring meeting, Tammy Herron received the Joseph R. Caldwell Award for outstanding service to Georgia Archaeology. The Caldwell Award recognizes those individuals dedicating a noteworthy amount of time and energy toward supporting an archaeological project; making outstanding contributions in the area of public education and Georgia archeology; and providing substantial support for SGA and its programs over time.

Tammy Herron, recipient of the 2018 Joseph R. Caldwell Award

Tammy exemplifies all four criteria of SGA’s Joseph R. Caldwell Award. She has “provided substantial support for SGA and its programs for a significant number of years” (Criterion 4) and “filled a critical role in fundraising in support of ongoing archaeological programs/and or projects” (Criterion 3). For eight years Tammy has been the driving force behind SGA’s Archaeology Month posters, education packet, calendar of events, and materials distribution, most often as Archaeology Month Chair. She has spearheaded SGA’s presence at CoastFest since 2007 through the present and worked the event from set-up to break down virtually every one of those years. Tammy routinely supports the ArchaeoBus, and has “worked the bus” at numerous events including annually at CoastFest (2009-present), two long stints at the Georgia National Fair (2010-2011), at SEAC (2016), at the Archaeological Society of South Carolina’s 50th Anniversary Conference (2018), and at other events over the years. In addition to giving freely of her time and photography talents to help with SGA meetings and events, Tammy also supports SGA financially, donating often to the Endowment Fund and the ArchaeoBus . Tammy has also served actively as an SGA Board Member (2006-2010), Vice President (2010-2012), President (2012-2014), and ex-officio (2014-2016).

Criterion 2 of the Caldwell Award making “outstanding contributions in the area of public education of Georgia archaeology” is also one of Tammy’s hallmarks. She has worked with the Augusta Library in establishing multiple displays on historical topics. In 2010 she created a display in the Screven County Library for Georgia Archaeology Month. She brought archaeology to the public for several years during the “Georgia on My Mind” Celebration, using hands-on activities and displays at the Georgia Visitor’s Center in Screven County.  Tammy also shares her archaeological knowledge with the public as a guest speaker and during Artifact ID Days with various SGA chapters. She has also actively served in various officer positions in the Augusta Archaeological Society chapter of SGA and continues to be a major foundation of that chapter’s success. Tammy does not restrict her public archaeology education to Georgia, however, and also assists South Carolina museums and historical societies.

Tammy has “dedicated a significant amount of time and energy in support of an archaeological project” (Criterion 1 of the award). She is especially recognized for her expertise, archaeological work, reports, and presentations about  George Galphin, an 18th century wealthy and influential Indian trader and who lived on the Savannah River at Silver Bluff, South Carolina. In addition, Tammy has been an invaluable member of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program as staff Curator of Archaeological Collections since 1995.

This is only a short list of many of Tammy’s accomplishments, yet it is clear to see she easily exemplifies the Caldwell Award criteria. Tammy is the rare individual who gives freely of her time and skills, seeks no recognition, yet works hard constantly and continually to further archaeological knowledge and preservation. She is particularly worthy of this accolade. Congratulations, Tammy!

Rita Elliott (left), Tammy Herron (center), and Tom Lewis (right) presenting the Joseph R. Caldwell award


Rita Elliott (left) and Tammy Herron (right)

Abby the ArchaeoBus, Frankie Snow, and the SGA honored by the SAA

Submitted by Tammy Herron, President

A few weeks ago I stated in the President’s message that there were two bits of exciting news with regard to Georgia archaeology that I couldn’t wait to tell you about! Well, now I can fill you in. In early February, I received a letter from Jeffrey Altschul, President of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), informing me that our own Abby the ArchaeoBus had been selected as the SAA’s 2014 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Public Education! The letter states “The selection was made by the Excellence in Public Education Award Committee, on behalf of the whole Society. This award is one small way in which SAA can express its appreciation for this outstanding contribution to archaeology.” Click here to view the letter in its entirety. I was asked by the SAA not to make any announcements regarding the award until after their Annual Meeting. So, I am pleased to finally announce that on Friday, April 25, 2014, Nick Joseph of New South Associates was in attendance at the SAA’s Annual Meeting to accept the award on behalf of the SGA! The following information was printed in the Program of the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology held in Austin, Texas on April 23-27, 2014:

Award for Excellence in Public Education
Abby the ArchaeoBus
Abby the ArchaeoBus is a mobile archaeological classroom that has reached thousands of educators, students, and families since it was created in 2009 by the Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) and its volunteers. It is a creative and innovative means to foster public understanding of archaeology and appreciation for site stewardship. It provides flexible, informal programs for large public events and formal classroom resources emphasizing standards-based analytical skills. In 2013, New South Associates staff and Georgia State Anthropology graduate students, guided by the SGA, served as ArchaeoBus educators—targeting schools, libraries, museums, and events in metropolitan Atlanta and reaching 6,000 youngsters, many in economically challenged school districts. As a “magic school bus” full of archaeology fun and knowledge; a collaborative partnership among the avocational, academic, business, and CRM communities; an opportunity for public archaeology training of college students; and in the educational experience it provides to visitors, it deserves the SAA’s Excellence in Public Archaeology Award.
Abby the ArchaeoBus teaching folks about archaeology at CoastFest 2013 in Brunswick.

Kudos to the staff of New South Associates and Georgia State University anthropology students who have manned the bus during a pilot study for almost a year now. Congratulations also to Rita Elliott, Tom Gresham, Michael Shirk (posthumously), Ellen Provenzano, John Burns, and other SGA stalwarts and friends of the society for their insight and creative ideas in making the dream of having a “magic school bus” to teach the public about archaeology come to fruition. Thanks also to the Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC), the Council on American Indian Concerns, and Best Buy whose funding efforts helped get this project off the ground and continue to keep the wheels of the ArchaeoBus rolling. This is truly an amazing accomplishment for the SGA and Georgia archaeology, but wait—there’s more!
Lain Graham and Nick Joseph of New South Associates following the presentation of the Award for Excellence in Public Education to Abby the ArchaeoBus. Nick accepted the award on behalf of the SGA.

In early February, I was also privy to the news that Frankie Snow, long-time SGA member and former recipient of the Joseph R. Caldwell Award, had been selected to receive the SAA’s prestigious Crabtree Award for his contributions to Georgia archaeology. The Crabtree Award is presented “annually to an outstanding avocational archaeologist…(who has made) significant contributions to advance understandings of local, regional, or national archaeology through excavation, research, publication, site or collections preservation, collaboration with the professional community, and/or public outreach.” As excited as I was, I wanted to tell the members right away, yet had to honor the request of the SAA not to reveal the winners until now. Below you will find the information regarding Frankie’s contributions that was printed in the Program of the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology:

Crabtree Award
Francis H. Snow
Frankie Snow has earned the 2014 Crabtree Award for his history of intellectual contributions to the archaeology of the Georgia Coastal Plain. Although not formally trained in archaeology, Mr. Snow’s interest began early and developed under the guidance of Dr. Chris Trowel, a geographer at South Georgia College. Beginning in the 1960’s, Mr. Snow spent his free time conducting archaeological field and lab work—particularly at threatened sites—in the local region. He also developed expertise on the elaborately carved wooden paddle-stamped designs of Woodland Era Swift Creek pottery, and is now a recognized authority on the subject. During his avocational career to date, Mr. Snow has published 30 articles, presented 40 professional papers, given hundreds of public presentations, and nurtured both avocational and professional archaeologists. He has received several previous awards for his contributions to Georgia archaeology, and his career embodies the characteristics that SAA’s Crabtree Award recognizes nationally.

Congratulations Frankie on receiving this national award! We look forward to reading many more articles and hearing many more presentations from you! Thank you for your continued support of the SGA and your willingness to teach others about the importance of archaeology and preservation of our shared heritage.

So, with that said, now you know why I asked you to stay tuned! What great news to reveal as we begin the celebration of Georgia Archaeology Month—May 2014! I look forward to seeing each of you at the Spring Meeting of the SGA on May 10th at Red Top Mountain State Park. Please keep up the good work and keep the momentum going!

Click here to learn more about Georgia Archaeology Month.

Click here to learn more about the Spring Meeting.

Thomas H. Gresham receives 2008 Joseph R. Caldwell Award

gresham_caldwell_2008At the 2008 spring meeting of The Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA), Thomas H. Gresham received the Joseph R. Caldwell Award for outstanding service to Georgia Archaeology. The Caldwell Award recognizes those individuals dedicating a noteworthy amount of time and energy toward supporting an archaeological project; making outstanding contributions in the area of public education and Georgia archeology; and providing substantial support for SGA and its programs over time.

Mr. Gresham has been dedicated to preserving the history and prehistory of Georgia and making that information available to the public, often by donating his time and expertise, often behind the scenes, for the past thirty years. As a principal in Southeastern Archeological Services cultural resource management firm, Tom has performed archaeological investigations in an ethical and professional manner, resulting in the identification and protection of hundreds of sites in Georgia. He has also pursued research interests such as his investigation of historic rock piles and aided in interpretation of these sites. An Eagle Scout, he has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America in investigations around Clark Hill Reservoir as well as made numerous presentations to school groups, library groups, and others to raise awareness of Georgia’s archaeological resources.

Mr. Gresham is past President of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, long time officer and board member of the LAMAR Institute and President of the Oglethorpe County Historical Society. Tom has worked for the protection of human burials and was on the committee that drafted Georgia’s burial law, OGA 36-72. In addition, as a governor-appointed member of the Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns since its inception, Tom has provided archaeological expertise in dealing with burial issues brought before the Council as well as assisted in producing information to explain the laws and landowner rights to the public and developers. He has devoted innumerable volunteer hours as an active member of SGA.

Mr. Gresham is currently serving his second term as Secretary of SGA, having served a 4-year term as board member prior to taking this office and for five years prior to that as editor of The Profile. During his term as board member, he was instrumental in preparation of the application for 501(c)3 status as well as providing the solution for a permanent address for the organization. As Secretary he has continued to manage the member database, coordinate new member services, and provide support for Early Georgia distribution.

Notably, Mr. Gresham was the mover and shaker behind the recent acquisition of the Athens Clarke County regional library’s retired bookmobile for refitting as SGA’s archaeology mobile, and secured the $5,000 grant from Georgia Transmission Corporation to cover the cost of getting the bus wrapped!

The award, last presented in 2007 to Rita Elliott, reflects the many contributions of Joseph Ralston Caldwell, whose archaeological fieldwork in Georgia and work in the Southeastern U.S. began at the Works Progress Administration excavations near Savannah during the late Depression. He served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia from 1967 until his death in 1973. The first Caldwell Award was presented in 1990 to long-time SGA member George S. Lewis, followed by Frankie Snow in 1992, Jim Langford in 1993, David Chase in 2000, and Betsy Shirk in 2004.